How to Make a Cheap Tiki Bar at Home

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How to Make a Cheap Tiki Bar at Home
Make a simple tiki bar at home to make your yard feel like a beach. (tiki bar image by Kelly Kane from

A tiki bar helps create a festive atmosphere at Hawaiian-themed parties or events hosted at your home. Although a permanent tiki bar with high-quality materials will hold up under year-round weather, you can make a cheap seasonal tiki bar with a folding table and some basic supplies. Your tiki bar will have space for supplies under the table so the bartender has easy access to everything needed to mix drinks.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Folding table
  • Grass skirts
  • Thatch
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Bamboo poles
  • Saw
  • Shovel or bricks
  • Tape measure
  • Plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Palm leaves
  • Outdoor lights

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  1. 1

    Place a folding table outside in the location where you would like to set up your tiki bar.

  2. 2

    Tape grass skirts or thatch around the edges of the table. Make sure they reach the ground and cut off any extra length lying on the ground.

  3. 3

    Cut two bamboo poles to 6 feet tall and two poles to 7 feet tall. Stand a pole at each corner of the table, with the shorter poles at the front of the table. Ways to secure the poles include digging holes in the ground or placing the poles in large buckets full of sand. Make sure the bamboo poles are sturdy, as they hold the roof up.

  4. 4

    Line up a straight object such as a rigid tape measure or board from the rear of the top of the back pole to the rear of the top of the front pole. Use this as a guide to cut the poles at an angle so the roof will be able to lie flat on top of each bamboo pole.

  5. 5

    Measure the distance between the tops of the bamboo poles and cut a piece of ½-inch plywood to a few inches larger than these dimensions.

  6. 6

    Glue thatch or palm leaves to the top of the piece of plywood and then glue the plywood roof onto the poles with wood glue.

  7. 7

    String white or coloured outdoor lights around the roof of the tiki bar and down the bamboo poles. If desired, decorate with flowers or leis as well and add tiki torches in the area around the tiki bar.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not have a folding table or would prefer a more permanent structure, try building a tiki bar from scratch. Lowe's Creative Ideas recommends constructing a bar with two sides, a front and a counter with 2-by-4 lumber and plywood. If desired, you can build shelves inside the bar as well with the aid of L-brackets.

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